Poetry Quiz For 6th Grade

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A multiple choice test on elements of poetry.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What type of poetry is "Goblin Market?"

    • A.

      Limerick

    • B.

      Haiku

    • C.

      Lyric poetry

    • D.

      Sonnet

    Correct Answer
    C. Lyric poetry
    Explanation
    "Goblin Market" is a narrative poem written by Christina Rossetti. It tells the story of two sisters and their encounter with goblin merchants. The poem is characterized by its musical and rhythmic qualities, using vivid imagery and emotional expression to convey its themes. Lyric poetry is known for its personal and emotional nature, often focusing on the poet's thoughts and feelings. "Goblin Market" fits this description, making it an example of lyric poetry.

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  • 2. 

    Which of the following best describes the poem?

    • A.

      A description of a person who opens a restaurant

    • B.

      An explaination of how hard it is to feed animals

    • C.

      A humorous look at what animals like to eat

    • D.

      A scientific study of the food chain in nature

    Correct Answer
    C. A humorous look at what animals like to eat
    Explanation
    The poem is described as a humorous look at what animals like to eat. This suggests that the poem takes a lighthearted and comical approach to exploring the eating habits of animals. It may use wit and humor to depict the preferences and choices of different animals when it comes to their food. The poem is not focused on describing a person opening a restaurant, explaining the difficulties of feeding animals, or conducting a scientific study of the food chain in nature.

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  • 3. 

    What is the poem mostly about?

    • A.

      How hard it is to wait for dinner

    • B.

      How we experience time

    • C.

      Games that last all day

    • D.

      Time moves faster as we grow older

    Correct Answer
    B. How we experience time
    Explanation
    The poem is mostly about how we experience time. It explores the concept of time and how it affects us, possibly delving into the subjective nature of our perception of time. The other options, such as waiting for dinner or games that last all day, may be related to time but do not encompass the overall theme of the poem as effectively.

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  • 4. 

    In "Lengths of Time," to what does the poet compare an hour to in lines 12 and 13?

    • A.

      A snail

    • B.

      A house

    • C.

      A minute

    • D.

      A second

    Correct Answer
    A. A snail
    Explanation
    In "Lengths of Time," the poet compares an hour to a snail in lines 12 and 13. This comparison suggests that an hour feels slow and sluggish, just like a snail's pace. It implies that time seems to drag on and feels longer than it actually is.

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  • 5. 

    In "Lengths of Time," what is the word house actually describing?

    • A.

      The poet's house

    • B.

      A dead snail

    • C.

      A snail's shell

    • D.

      The snail's head

    Correct Answer
    C. A snail's shell
    Explanation
    The word "house" in the poem "Lengths of Time" is actually describing a snail's shell. This can be inferred from the context of the poem, as the speaker is comparing the snail's shell to a house. The use of the word "house" suggests that the snail's shell provides shelter and protection, just like a house does for humans.

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  • 6. 

    The imagery in the paragraph about Death Valley appeals mostly to which of the following senses?

    • A.

      Taste

    • B.

      Smell

    • C.

      Touch

    • D.

      Hearing

    Correct Answer
    C. Touch
    Explanation
    The paragraph about Death Valley appeals mostly to the sense of touch because it describes the physical sensations one would experience in the desert, such as the scorching heat, the dryness of the air, and the feeling of sand beneath one's feet. The imagery focuses on the tactile aspects of the environment, rather than taste, smell, or hearing.

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  • 7. 

    The author compares standing in the hot wind of Death Valley to

    • A.

      Being near the sun

    • B.

      Standing in a shadow

    • C.

      Having light shined on you

    • D.

      Being in front of an oven door

    Correct Answer
    D. Being in front of an oven door
    Explanation
    The author compares standing in the hot wind of Death Valley to being in front of an oven door. This comparison suggests that the hot wind in Death Valley is extremely intense and unbearable, just like the heat that emanates from an oven door when it is opened. Both situations involve being subjected to a strong and uncomfortable heat source, making the comparison appropriate.

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  • 8. 

                                                                   Player Piano                                                                by John UpdikeMy stick fingers click with a snicker __________And, chuckling, they knuckle the keys;_______________Light-footed, my steel feelers flicer______________And pluck from these keys melodies.________________Mark each pair of rhyming lines by lettering the pairs as A or B on the lines above.

  • 9. 

    Which of the following best states the main idea of "Old Dog Dreaming"?

    • A.

      An old dog dreams that the city will one day become wilderness.

    • B.

      An old dog dreams that he is human

    • C.

      An old dog dreams of his youth.

    • D.

      An old dog dreams of what he will do when he wakes up.

    Correct Answer
    C. An old dog dreams of his youth.
    Explanation
    The main idea of "Old Dog Dreaming" is that an old dog dreams of his youth. This suggests that the dog reminisces about his younger days, possibly longing for the energy and vitality he once had. The story may explore themes of nostalgia, the passage of time, and the contrast between the dog's current state and his past experiences.

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  • 10. 

    Read these lines from the poem "Old Dog Dreaming."The dream, like a locomotiveSetting off for distant lands,Gains speed.These lines contain an example of ---

    • A.

      Simile

    • B.

      Metaphor

    • C.

      Personification

    • D.

      Hyperbole

    Correct Answer
    A. Simile
    Explanation
    The given lines compare the dream to a locomotive setting off for distant lands, suggesting that the dream is gaining speed. This comparison is an example of a simile, as it uses the word "like" to make the comparison between the dream and the locomotive.

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  • 11. 

    In "Old Dog Dreaming." line 8 provides an image of-

    • A.

      The dog breathing heavily as he sleeps

    • B.

      The dog choking on his breakfast

    • C.

      The dog catching what he has chased

    • D.

      The dog growing older and slower

    Correct Answer
    A. The dog breathing heavily as he sleeps
    Explanation
    Line 8 of the poem "Old Dog Dreaming" suggests an image of the dog breathing heavily as he sleeps. This can be inferred from the phrase "heavy breathing" which indicates that the dog is breathing heavily. The mention of sleeping also supports this interpretation, as heavy breathing is commonly associated with deep sleep.

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  • 12. 

    What statement best states the main idea of "Sounds"?

    • A.

      Pine trees make whispering sounds in the breeze.

    • B.

      The speaker loves only sounds made by rainstorms.

    • C.

      Clocks sound like they have chickens inside them.

    • D.

      The speaker loves many sounds, but mostly thunder.

    Correct Answer
    D. The speaker loves many sounds, but mostly thunder.
    Explanation
    The correct answer states that the main idea of "Sounds" is that the speaker loves many sounds, but mostly thunder. This suggests that the speaker has an affinity for various sounds, but has a particular fondness for the sound of thunder.

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  • 13. 

    Which line from "Sounds" offers the best example of a comparison?

    • A.

      "I love the sounds of falling rain"

    • B.

      "drip, drop"

    • C.

      "I love the sounds of clucking clocks"

    • D.

      "I love the sound of autumn leaves"

    Correct Answer
    C. "I love the sounds of clucking clocks"
    Explanation
    The line "I love the sounds of clucking clocks" offers the best example of a comparison because it compares the sounds of clucking clocks to other sounds that the speaker loves. This line uses the word "sounds" to establish the comparison and highlights the unique sound of clucking clocks in contrast to other sounds mentioned in the poem.

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  • 14. 

    Which pair of lines from "Sounds" offers the best example of personification?

    • A.

      "I love the sound of falling rain/ as it strikes my windowpane"

    • B.

      "I love the singing of of the pines/ with eir whispers and their whines"

    • C.

      "I love the sound of autumn leaves/ that rattle as they night wind heaves"

    • D.

      But most of all, I love the drums/that beat whenever lightning comes"

    Correct Answer
    B. "I love the singing of of the pines/ with eir whispers and their whines"
    Explanation
    The line "I love the singing of the pines/ with their whispers and their whines" offers the best example of personification because it gives human qualities, such as singing, whispers, and whines, to the pines. This personification helps to create a vivid and imaginative image in the reader's mind, as if the pines are alive and capable of producing sounds like a human.

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  • 15. 

    How do the styles of the two poems differ?

    • A.

      "Old Dog Dreaming" uses simile; "Sounds" does not.

    • B.

      "Sounds" uses rhyme; "Old Dog Dreaming" does not.

    • C.

      "Old Dog Dreaming" uses hyperbole; "Sounds" does not.

    • D.

      "Sounds" uses personifcation; "Old Dog Dreaming" does not.

    Correct Answer
    B. "Sounds" uses rhyme; "Old Dog Dreaming" does not.
    Explanation
    The explanation for the given answer is that the style of "Sounds" includes the use of rhyme, while the style of "Old Dog Dreaming" does not. Rhyme is a poetic technique that involves the repetition of similar sounds at the end of lines or within a poem. In "Sounds," the poet likely uses rhyme to create a musical quality and enhance the rhythm of the poem. On the other hand, "Old Dog Dreaming" does not employ this technique, suggesting that the poet has chosen a different style or approach for this particular poem.

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